CenturyLink Field? Will merger mean name change?
No decision yet on whether Seahawks' home would change name from Qwest Field.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The name of the Seahawks' home stadium is suddenly a bit of a Qwest-ion mark.
A telecommunications merger between Qwest and CenturyLink was approved by the FCC on Friday, and is expected to be finalized in April.
The company will operate under the name CenturyLink. What happens to those sponsorships bearing Qwest's name has not been decided.
"Each Qwest-named venue will be evaluated to determine the appropriate re-branding implementation," said Tony Timmons, a CenturyLink spokesman.
The Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday the Qwest Center Omaha would be renamed after CenturyLink, which is based in Monroe, La.
The Seahawks have not been notified of any plans regarding a change to the name of Qwest Field. Qwest bought the naming rights to the Seahawks' stadium in 2004, and the deal runs through 2014.
In 2008, Safeco was acquired by Liberty Mutual Group, but the name of the Mariners' stadium remained Safeco Field. However, CenturyLink does have a presence in Washington that predates the merger with an office located in Gig Harbor.
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